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New Release: Desert Skies, Rebel Souls by M.P. Tonnesen With Review



Desert Skies, Rebel Souls

by M.P. Tonnesen


A journey into the unknown. A rebellion against family, culture and society. A love against all odds.

From Scandinavia to the Middle East, a young woman travels to discover herself and finds a world of passion and history, war and peace. A whirlwind romance takes a dramatic turn, leaving Olivia caught between countries, belonging nowhere, and with the love of her life in danger far away.

From the award-winning author of The Cosmopolitan Islander comes an uplifting tale of adventure, conflict and reconciliation that never shies away from brutal reality, yet sparkles with the sheer love of life.
Desert Skies, Rebel Souls is a bittersweet coming-of-age story set under the desert sky against the backdrop of music of the nineties and stunning scenery – to be enjoyed by adventurous globetrotters and readers longing to escape.


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***4.5 Stars***

Desert Skies, Rebel Souls is a beautiful, emotional, and breathtaking story of love, adventure, and self-discovery. Olivia is leaving her home in Scandinavia for an adventure in the Middle East. Little does she know that this trip will take her on a journey that will completely change the direction of her life.

Olivia craves freedom from her family and first love, Daniel. She wants to explore the world, and she thinks this trip will do both for her. Not long after arriving, she meets Chaim, an Israeli, who is awaiting his orders to join the army. Through him, her eyes will be opened in ways she never imagined. She experiences adventure and danger. Little things that mattered to her like her grades, exams, which university to attend will seem like small things as she experiences the dangers of the Middle East.

As she and Chaim fall in love, they have to find a way for their love to survive. He is committed to the army, and she will have to return home. Their love will be put to the test in every imaginable way. Olivia becomes a different person just in the time she has spent away from her family. She isn’t sure where she fits in anymore. She will have to search within herself to determine the person she is meant to be and the direction her life will take.

I have never read anything by M.P. Tonnesen before, but I’m glad I discovered her. Desert Skies, Rebel Souls is well-written. Her characters come to life, and she writes in a way that made me become a part of the story. I felt like I was with Olivia every step of the way on her journey of self-discovery. While the story doesn’t end in a cliffhanger, I do hope we get to see more of these star-crossed lovers. It seems like they have many more adventures to explore.





M.P. Tonnesen is an award-winning writer and businesswoman living on the Isle of Man in the Irish Sea. She authors contemporary fiction with an adventurous twist, writes business and lifestyle articles for magazines, as well as advises companies on change and communication.
She has a Master’s degree in International Business and Intercultural Communication. She has also studied Creative Writing at London School of Journalism, Faber Academy and Isle of Man College.
She is originally from Denmark, but grew up in a multicultural family and has lived in Brussels, the Middle East, and London before moving to the island with her family in 2011. Her novels are inspired by her experiences working, living and travelling around the world.
She enjoys reading and telling good stories, going on adventures and eating dark chocolate. She also dabbles in yoga, running and juggling two kids.


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Keeper by Amy Daws Audible Review!


You may have heard of the infamous footy-playing Harris Brothers…or you may have heard of the amazing duet-style narrating with Will Watt and Charlotte Cole, well, you’re in for a treat! Keeper on audio has just gone live! Soccer stadium in spotlights . Mixed mediaFooty star, Booker Harris shares a flat with his best friend from childhood. Problem is, she’s not a little girl anymore.

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***5 STARS***

Okay, so a lot of you know how much I LOVE Amy Daws. I have already read the ebook version of Keeper and gave it 5 stars. Here is the link to that review:

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But, let me tell you if you haven’t listened to any of the series on Audible, you’ve got to give this book and the entire series a listen. It’s incredible. I LOVED listening to it as much as reading it, maybe even a little more. When I found out it would be available on Audible I had to listen. Charlotte Cole and Will M. Watt do outstanding jobs as narrators, and I love how they each read their own lines…not just broken up by chapters. That method draws me into the story and makes it even more real!

If you are looking for a great story that pulls you into it, I highly recommend listening not just to this one but the whole series! LOVE, LOVE these narrators. Thank you for a break from my reality even if just for a little bit!



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An Ex for Christmas by Lauren Layne with Excerpt, 5 Star Review, and Giveaway!

Named Best Book of the Month by Amazon


Love Unexpectedly

Lauren Layne

Releasing Nov 7, 2017



She’s making a list—and checking it twice. But is there a nice guy among all her naughty exes? The New York Times bestselling author of Blurred Lines returns with a charming friends-to-lovers rom-com.

When a psychic tells spunky, superstitious Kelly Byrne that she’s already met her true love, she becomes obsessed with the idea of tracking him down before Christmas. Kelly immediately writes up an “Ex List” and starts contacting old boyfriends to figure out which one is the one. When her college sweetheart rolls into town, Kelly convinces herself that they’re meant to be. The trouble is, sparks are flying with someone she’s never given a chance: her best friend, Mark.

Mark Blakely has watched the guys on Kelly’s list break her heart, and he’s not looking forward to watching them do it all over again. Mark’s always been there for her, but the timing’s never worked out for their relationship to be something more. Now, just as Mark is ready to move on, the sexual tension between them is suddenly off the charts. With Christmas morning around the corner, he just hopes Kelly will wake up and realize that everything she wants has been right in front of her all along.




As I walk, I check the weather app on my phone, delighted to see that while it’s nothing but rain today, there’s a chance of a snow shower tomorrow. Nothing says Christmas break like snow.

I just miss my train, but there’s a decent-ish voice singing “White Christmas” nearby, and the platform’s not too crowded, so waiting’s not as bad as it could be.

My eye catches on a middle-aged woman who’s set up camp under one of the stairwells. It’s not unusual to see all manner of people under the streets of New York, although this one’s better dressed than most. She’s wearing a blousy red shirt, jeans, and ankle boots, and is sitting cross-legged on a plaid blanket. She’s got twigs of what seem to be fake roses in her hair.

None of that’s the weird part.

What’s weird is that she’s watching me. Intently.

We make awkward eye contact, and I give a quick smile before turning my attention back to my phone.

But I still feel her eyes on me.

Not in an unfriendly way, not in the way that makes me mentally catalog whether or not I saw any cops on my way down here who would hear me if I scream. She doesn’t seem eager to push me onto the train tracks either, and since that’s every New Yorker’s secret fear, that’s a plus.

Still, the focus is unsettling. I glance up again, and her eyes lock on mine. Her dark gaze is clear and focused, and I can’t decide if that’s more or less disturbing than if she seemed sort of hazy.

Then she smiles right at me. “Kelly.”

I get immediate goosebumps for reasons that have nothing to do with the winter weather. She knows my name.

“Come.” She beckons. “Come. I see.

Now you’re thinking, Hell, no. Run!

I should be thinking the same, and on some level, I am, but . . .

There are a couple dozen people around. None are paying attention to me, but it’s not like I’m all alone in a dark alley.

And look, we’ve already established that I believe in fate expressing itself through a Magic 8 ball and horoscopes, and though I haven’t mentioned it yet, I totally avoid black cats, the number thirteen, and walking under ladders.

I also believe that there’s such a thing as sight. I know, because my grandma had it.

Grandma Shirley was one of those delightfully batty old ladies that most people dismissed as quirky, but nobody can deny that she seemed to know stuff. She knew when I’d win my soccer game, and by how many points. She knew when her cat’s litter of kittens would be born, down to the minute. Once she’d even predicted an earthquake, even though they’re really rare in New York.

She’d passed away when I was in eleventh grade (she’d predicted the when and how of that too), and though I didn’t inherit her talents, I’ve never stopped believing that some people see and know things that they shouldn’t. I call it the Sight.

I step closer, and the woman grins and beckons me even nearer.

I stop a healthy few feet away. I’m superstitious, not crazy.

The woman leans forward. “You seek love.”

Huh. Color me unimpressed. I mean, don’t most humans seek love? Sure, I’m recently single, and I don’t particularly want to be. And maybe I sometimes try a little too hard to find my forever guy.

But I’m not hearing anything other than generic lucky guesses from this lady.

“Sure,” I say, already starting to back away.

She holds up a hand. “The one you seek? Your forever guy, the love of your life . . .”

I freeze, because her phrasing echoes my thoughts almost exactly. A coincidence? Maybe. I don’t move away just yet, willing to hear her out.

She smiles again. “You’ve already met him.”

I blink. “What? I think you may want to recheck that crystal ball. I’m single.”

Her smile merely grows. “I didn’t say you weren’t single. I said you’d already met him. You just let him go. He’ll come back to you before Christmas.”

Whoa whoa whoa. This is . . .


“You’re telling me that the love of my life is one of my exes?”

She extends both of her palms as though to say, There you have it!

I stifle a little surge of disappointment. Clearly she hasn’t met my exes. There are some decent ones in the mix, but mostly they’re duds, and none of them make my heart beat faster. Well, maybe—

Nope. No. Do not go there.

Thankfully, I feel the rumble of an oncoming train, and a glance over my shoulder tells me my ride outta here is approaching.

“Thanks very much,” I say with a strained smile. “Merry Christmas.”

“Happy holidays,” she says with a nod, standing and gathering up her blanket. Apparently she’s taken a cue from Madison Meyers and is sticking close to the PC route. Fair enough.

I lift a hand in a wave and move toward the train, but her next words give me a fresh wave of new goosebumps.

“Tell your parents happy anniversary. Thirty’s going to be a magical year for them.”

I whip my head around. “How did you—”

The woman is gone.

Like vanished gone.

Leaving me to wonder . . .

If a woman I’d never met was right about my parents’ anniversary, was she also right about other stuff?

Have I already met my one true love?



***5 Stars***

LOVED, LOVED this book! An Ex for Christmas is exactly why Lauren Layne is one of my favorite authors! Kelly is a teacher at a prestigious elementary school in NYC. She is looking forward to the Christmas holidays even if she will be alone. On her way back to her weekend home in upstate New York, she meets a mysterious woman who tells her she will find her true love before Christmas. However, she says it will be someone that Kelly already met. Kelly, being who she is, composes a list of all her exes. She plans on reconnecting with them to determine which one is her soulmate. She decides to get the help from her best friend, Mark.

Mark has always been there for Kelly, but Kelly doesn’t realize he wants to be there for her more than just a best friend. He has always been in love with Kelly, but he never found the right time to tell her. He watched as all Kelly’s boyfriends broke her heart. He is trying to move on, but as they spend more time together, something is different. The sexual chemistry between them sizzles. Could Kelly finally be seeing what was right in front of her the whole time?

One thing Layne always does so well are her quirky characters, never making them over the top or corny. Kelly is no exception. This woman is hilarious. She is superstitious, believing in fortune tellers, tea leaves, and NEVER crosses a path with a black cat. On the other hand, Mark doesn’t believe in any of it. But, he humors Kelly. He is devoted to her. Seriously, this guy takes care of her dog during the week while she is teaching. He just lets her be who she is and loves her anyway. They are perfect together.

Even though the book takes place over a short period of time, nothing is left out. Layne did a fabulous job of showing the foundation and lasting friendship between Kelly and Mark. I was just waiting on Kelly to finally wake up and see her love was in front of her the whole time! If you’re looking for a perfect holiday read, look no further than An Ex for Christmas!


Lauren Layne is the New York Times bestselling author of romantic comedies. She lives in New York City with her husband.

A former e-commerce and web marketing manager from Seattle, Lauren relocated to New York City in 2011 to pursue a full-time writing career. She signed with her agent in 2012, and her first book was published in summer of 2013. Since then, she’s written over two dozen books, hitting the USA TODAYNew York Times, iBooks, and Amazon bestseller lists.



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The Siren’s Bride (The Siren Legacy Book 5) Release Blitz with Excerpt & Giveaway

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Helen Scott
Series: The Siren Legacy Book 5
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Publication Date: November 10, 2017
The Queen is cashing in her favor. Fae are missing. Her only hope? A siren and his soul mate.
The Siren's Bride
When Ellie left the fae realm, she knew that its queen, the Morrigan, would one day be calling in the favor that she promised. Did it have to be when she’s in the midst of planning her wedding though? Truth be told, wedding plans and “for richer and for poorer” aren’t Ellie’s favorite things.
Alec knows his relationship with Ellie is fractured, but getting her to talk is a mission he can’t complete. Now, with fae going missing and magic going awry, Alec fears she’s in even more danger. Can he reunite with Ellie before otherworldly forces make “until death do us part” a lot sooner than either of them would like?

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“The Siren’s Bride kept me engaged with great characters and an exciting story line. Magic, Gods, danger and love all come together in a great finale.”
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“I really enjoyed this story. The characters of Alec and Ellie drew me in and kept me invested in their story. It is a story that moves along and kept me interested from start to finish. I enjoyed reading about all the secondary characters that played such an important part of this couple’s life…………….” — Jean M.
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“I love this series! This one made me cry, happy tears and sad ones, emotional series for me. The love between Alec and Ellie is every woman’s dream, at least it should be!”
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“t is very well written with wonderful characters and a story line that has you not wanting to put it down until you have finished the entire book.”
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The Other Brother by Meghan Quinn Review & Excerpt Tour!!! Amazing Book!






I got the call. The dreaded call every child fears. My dad wasn’t well, and the man who had always been my everything needed me.

There was only one thing to do; pack up and head back to my hometown. I had finally made my dream life in the city with the great job and loving boyfriend. But was there really a choice not to go?

I found a wonderful job, a quaint house to rent, my boyfriend was working on joining me in Binghamton, and my favorite pizza place was only miles away. Life was good.

Until I met my neighbor.

It’s been three years since I’d seen Aaron Walters, and my God is he all kinds of sexy gorgeous. Figures. He was supposed to be my forever, the man I grew old with, but he had different plans. How can a man who ripped my heart apart still trip me up? How can he make me still want him now more than ever?

I’m tempted, I’m drawn toward him, I’m completely and utterly unaware that I’m dating his biological brother.

Now two men own my heart. The question is, which brother will I choose?








~~~~5 Stars~~~~

Another amazing read by Meghan Quinn packed with romance, steam, and EMOTION! Aaron had my heart from the very first chapter of this book. He had me close to tears, and it wouldn’t be the last time either.

Aaron has always been the “other. The other friend, the other employee…the other brother.” That began when he was born. His mother kept him, but gave his two younger brothers away to give them a better life. He could never understand why his mother chose to do the better thing for his brothers and not him. He was the one who was stuck helping her when she was drunk and living in poverty while his brothers had a better life. He has lived feeling inadequate all of his life. One day he met a girl, Amelia, who made him feel like he was first. She became his rock and the love of his life. Being the unselfish, loving man he is, he let her go to pursue her dreams never thinking what his actions did to her. They thought their love was finished, but fate had other plans. Now years later, the two are neighbors, and they will have to face their past and decide whether their future includes each other. I warn you, buckle up, it will be an emotional journey that will keep you entranced until the very last page.

Quinn did a phenomenal job of pulling me into her book with her characters and the plot. The two meshed perfectly together. As I wrote earlier, it didn’t take me long at all to fall for Aaron. He is gorgeous, but what attracted me to him was his beautiful heart and soul. He definitely put others before himself. He broke his own heart to give Amelia the freedom to pursue his dreams. No, he didn’t go about it the right way, and still doesn’t make all the right decisions concerning his relationship with Amelia, but it makes him human. This man is gorgeous and has so much to offer someone. For goodness sakes, he is the handyman in his neighborhood full of seniors, yet he never thinks he is good enough, all because of his mother. While she would neglect him, he never turned his back on her. That, my friends, is a man to keep!

I also loved Amelia. Aaron broke her heart in to pieces. Granted, she didn’t know the reason why, so I completely understood why she wanted nothing to do with him. She never got over him even though she has been in a relationship with Trey. Trey never set her spirit free like Aaron did. As she realizes she never stopped loving Aaron, the cracks in her relationship with Trey begin to show. She finds herself torn between the two of them, but she is in for a shocker when she finds out about how the two men’s lives intersect. It will truly test her love for Aaron, but hopefully she will realize and possibly understand why Aaron made the decisions he did. I have to give a shout out to Amelia’s BFF, Amanda. LOVE this girl!!!

This is a must read! It’s a complicated, and at times, very messy romance. However, I guarantee once you start reading you won’t stop until the last page is finished.




Why? Why does he have to magically appear in my life? Moving back to Binghamton, I thought about the possibility of maybe running into him, but I thought it unlikely, something that would never really happen.

Boy, was I wrong.

What a sick joke life is playing on me.

Aaron Walters, the boy who broke me into pieces is my neighbor.

I can’t fathom the impact I feel already.

Seeing him in hip-hugging jeans and a tight, plain shirt did a number on me. It kept me up all night as memories of what we used to have flooded my mind.

His voice.

His stature.

The way he used to kiss my neck.

The way I felt so protected in his arms.

Too bad his arms couldn’t protect me from his devastating, heart-breaking self.

And hell, he looked good. Too good.

He’s always been tall with handsome features and a chiseled jaw, but now he’s bulked up to the point that I could see his abs flexing under his shirt, the same shirt that stretched over his biceps.

But it wasn’t his muscles or handsome features that once again made my heart ache, it was those eyes. So bright, so blue, so kind, but still so sad. It reminded me of the first day I met him, of the day he stole my heart from every other man on the market.

Broken, unsure, yet yearning for love. It was all there, and like experiencing a moment of déjà vu, I was transported back into a time when I felt invisible, like I could conquer anything with him at my side.

Once again, I was wrong.



Born in New York and raised in Southern California, Meghan has grown into a sassy, peanut butter eating, blonde haired swearing, animal hoarding lady. She is known to bust out and dance if “It’s Raining Men” starts beating through the air and heaven forbid you get a margarita in her, protect your legs because they may be humped.

Once she started commuting for an hour and twenty minutes every day to work for three years, she began to have conversations play in her head, real life, deep male voices and dainty lady coos kind of conversations. Perturbed and confused, she decided to either see a therapist about the hot and steamy voices running through her head or start writing them down. She decided to go with the cheaper option and started writing… enter her first novel, Caught Looking.

Now you can find the spicy, most definitely on the border of lunacy, kind of crazy lady residing in Colorado with the love of her life and her five, furry four legged children, hiking a trail or hiding behind shelves at grocery stores, wondering what kind of lube the nervous stranger will bring home to his wife. Oh and she loves a good boob squeeze!

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Alive (A Soul Mates Novel) by Victoria Johns Release Blitz



Alive by Victoria Johns
Soul Mates Series Bk 3

Release Date:  Friday 10th November 2017

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Rebecca Monroe hasn’t had the best life, but since she escaped and started again with a new identity, she’s been working hard to be a normal college student and make something of herself. Turning her passion for dance into her dream job is nearly a reality, until someone from her past threatens it all and Rebecca finds herself on the run.

Jake Griggs has got it all. A loving family, a college education and more women than he knows what to do with. A bad case of mistaken identity threatens to blow his easy life wide open, until his brother Jonas sends him on a job to observe, report and protect a young woman he’s pledged to keep safe. There’s just one condition – Don’t get too close.

What should be a simple mission, turns into a roller coaster love story as both Jake and Rebecca realize that just because you’re existing, it doesn’t mean you are alive.

Alive can be read as a standalone novel but is also the third instalment of the Soul Mates Series and if you loved the characters of the Soul Sisters Series from Hawkstown then this book will definitely set you on fire.


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Saving the Game by Karen Frances Release Day Blitz


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Saving The Game

By Karen Frances

Release day: 10th November 2017

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International goalkeeper Logan Walker has a reputation of being a bit of a bad boy off the pitch. He doesn’t do relationships, for a very good reason. For him, sex is sex. He has no room in his life for feelings, but is that about to change?

Lee MacKay has everything she could possibly want, except for one thing. Logan Walker. But she knew the rules of his game from the first night they met; just sex, no strings attached.

When Lee receives some life-changing news, it’s not just her world that changes. With her revelation, Logan is forced back to a time in the past he’d rather forget. When old demons resurface and threaten to drag him under, he has a choice to make. Will the ghosts of his past win, or can he save the game before it’s too late?

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Playing The Game (A Beautiful Game Book 1)

Playing to Win (A Beautiful Game Book 2)

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Playing the Field: A Beautiful Game novella

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Karen Frances lives in Scotland with her husband of seventeen years and their five children. Her busy days include helping her husband manage their family business while coordinating their children’s sports and academic endeavors. She finds escape from the chaos of everyday life in good books, particularly stories of passionate romantic relationships. Her appreciation and passion for romance novels led her to write He’s Captured My Heart, a tale of contemporary erotic romance set in Scotland.

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Crank (Gibson Boys, Book 1) by Adriana Locke Release Blitz With Giveaway



Title: Crank

Series: The Gibson Boys #1

Author: Adriana Locke

Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: November 10, 2017

This is one mistake Sienna Landry can’t buy her way out of.

As Walker Gibson looks at her, then at the damage to his precious truck (that she may or may not have accidentally inflicted), she knows she’s in trouble. It’s not the busted headlight and dented grill that’s sunk her though. It’s the downright sinful man in front of her that’s the problem.

The small town mechanic is broody. Rough. Smells like engine grease and gasoline and Sienna isn’t sure why that’s so sexy, but it is. It so is. She’s ready to peel off her panties at the drop of his wrench.

He wants her too. She can feel it when he brushes against her. Experience it as he presses her against the wall of the shop. It’s thinly veiled in his deep, brown eyes when he looks at her like she’s everything he’s ever wanted. So why won’t he give in?

The damage to Walker’s truck is the first of many mistakes between the two of them, ending with truths that rock Sienna’s world. Nothing can fix her broken heart except the love of a man that won’t, maybe even can’t, love her back.

Crank is a standalone romance in a new small town, blue-collar series from USA Today bestselling author Adriana Locke. Join readers everywhere as they fall in love with the delicious Gibson Boys. 


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USA Today and Amazon Top 10 Bestselling author Adriana Locke lives and breathes books. After years of slightly obsessive relationships with the flawed bad boys created by other authors, Adriana has created her own.

She resides in the Midwest with her husband, sons, and two dogs. She spends a large amount of time playing with her kids, drinking coffee, and cooking. You can find her outside if the weather’s nice and there’s always a piece of candy in her pocket.

Please contact Adriana at She loves to hear from readers.

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Ready for Wild (A Grand Valley Novel) by Liora Blake Blog Tour with 5-Star Review & Giveaway!



Ready for Wild
Liora Blake
Published by: Pocket Books
Publication date: October 31st 2017
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance

Featuring Liora Blake’s signature “funny, endearing, and more than a little hot” (Library Journal) style, the third novel in the Grand Valley series features a rough-talking game warden going toe-to-toe with a TV star who unexpectedly turns his life upside down.

Braden Montgomery is certain about three things: one, luck is for suckers; two, time spent outdoors is what keeps him sane; and, three, when it comes to sharing his bed, there’s only one female he’s willing to put up with—his Chesapeake Bay retriever, Charley. Braden’s constructed his life on these beliefs, and he’s quite content with the status quo.

But when a moment of bad luck lands Braden toe-to-toe with a blonde bombshell with her own television show, his stubbornly structured reality begins to unravel.

As for Amber Regan, her brand has been built on camo, cut-offs, and cleavage. With her own hunting show on the foremost sports channel and enough social media followers to garner her plenty of endorsement deals, Amber’s come a long way from the tomboy in a small Texas town she once was. Unfortunately, ratings are down and her contract for next season is in limbo, so she’s in desperate need of a reboot to save her show—and filming a rough and tough archery elk hunt in Colorado might be the way to do just that. Too bad the local game warden grunts more than he speaks, seems determined to despise her—and makes her heart race in all the most inconvenient ways.

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***5 STARS***

Great romance by Liora Blake, with the right combination of sexy, sweet, and humor! Braden is a simple man who loves the outdoors, his job as a game warden, and his dog, Charley. He enjoys his simple life, but it’s about to get more complicated than he ever imagined. Amber is the star of her own outdoor hunting show, but her ratings are down. She needs to do something to boost those ratings or chance losing her show. She comes up with the idea of a big elk hunt in Colorado. One of the areas she is scouting happens to be where Braden works. When the two first meet, it’s fiery. Braden can’t stand what Amber represents, and Amber thinks he’s a jerk. Underneath all that antagonism is pure lust. They don’t know whether to kill or kiss each other. Can romance blossom between two polar opposites or do they have more in common than each is willing to admit?

Braden is complicated. He is sexy and rugged, but he admits himself that he has a “seventy-five-year-old cantankerous asshole who lives inside my thirty-two-year-old body.” He doesn’t believe in technology…this man doesn’t even have cable, and handwrites letters to his parents…no email. He spends all of his time outdoors, but hunting magazines drive him nuts. He refuses to watch hunting shows as he thinks it doesn’t give a realistic view of hunters. When Amber shows up, and he literally draws the short stick to be her scout, he’s NOT HAPPY. She represents all that he hates.

He is confused by Amber. When he first saw her poster, he thought she was a “sexed-up advertising cliché of a sportswoman,” but she stirred feelings in him he hadn’t had in a very long time. The only woman who shares his bed is his beloved dog, Charley. However, as he spends more time with Amber, he realizes she isn’t the woman on that poster, she’s much more, and that scares him. He has had his heart broken before, and he refuses to feel that way again.

Amber is a complicated character as well. She’s beautiful and has no qualms about using her beauty to her advantage. At least, that is how it appears at first glance. Spending time with Braden changes her, she questions how the shows and advertising are using her for her looks and not her intelligence or skill as a hunter, and she has to do some soul-searching within herself to determine what direction she wants her life to go.

The chemistry between these two is HOT! The heated banter just seems to continually drive it to scorching levels. There is a sweetness between them too. As they become closer, they question the longevity of their relationship and how they will come out of it in one piece. They made a promise to each other, “We said we would forget all the reasons this shouldn’t work and try to find just one reason it would.” I just kept hoping they would see what was right in front of them…they were in love with each other! I wanted them to find their HEA.

As you can tell, I loved Amber and Braden’s story. A lot of what made it so good was how Blake developed their personalities. They came alive for me. But, the plot and setting themselves were very good. Her descriptive writing put me everywhere the characters were whether it was on the trails or in the game warden’s office. The plot was also different. Sometimes romances tend to run together, and I can’t remember them. This one stands out. It’s a romance between a game warden and a television star. That idea was a genius move on Liora Blake’s part. She is a new author to me, but she is now on my go to list of favorite writers!


Author Bio:

Liora Blake is a contemporary romance author living in Colorado.

When she isn’t writing, she’s likely baking cookies she shouldn’t eat, inventing elaborate excuses to avoid going for a run, or asking the nice barista to sell her another quad-shot Americano.

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